Originally Posted By: Phaedrus
No single tool or device can save every patient and not all wounds are survivable.

This is, of course, 100% correct.

I was trained to think about three classes of patient:
  • Patients who will survive without any interventions
  • Patients who will die no matter what
  • Patients who will survive if I execute the correct intervention(s) correctly, quickly enough

That third class patients should be the focus of any “stop the bleed” or trauma-for-non-medical-professionals training. The goal should be to keep them alive to get them to definitive care.

While I’ve been fortunate enough to receive some training for medical treatment in austere conditions (where definitive care is many hours or some days away) it’s long been my desire to take more training in this area.